Nothing is an issue at this restaurant that deserves more than 5 stars in every category. We have been dining at Paola's for years and never tire of the homemade authentic, regional, freshly prepared pasta dishes, and we always have a problem selecting which other dishes to order. The experience is as wonderful as the food.
Paola's was a real find! We visited the restaurant before going to the 92nd Street Y event and it was perfect. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and menu and the food was beautiful and delicious. The food was prepared perfectly - it was a bit pricey but no less enjoyable.
the best overall restaurant on the UES. the food is better than any restaurant in the neighborhood. that is why we are always there.
Nice restaurant but the tables are packed so tightly that you can eat off and our neighbor’s plate.
Home made pasta was amazing! All delicious.
The BEST restaurant on the UES!
Consistently fabulous food.....the most courteous and professional service. Staff so accommodating and lovely!
Cannot wait to return!
Delicious as always!!
Elegance and very professional wait staff. Very detailed perfection!
Overall a very pleasant experience. The staff is always friendly and accommodating!
The appatizers are varied and delicious. The veal dish was exceptional. The wine list is extensive.
It is a lovely restaurant!!
The food at Paola's is very good consistently. Unfortunately, so is the noise level. It's impossible to have any conversation there. Everyone in our party was stressed by the noise and could not wait to eat and leave. That's not a type of place you leave relaxed.
Love the room...love the food...recently have invited two different groups of friends there because I felt they would love it and they did!
Everything about our first evening at Paola’s was wonderful — so much so that we returned for dinner the following night! I suspect everything on the menu is terrific, but we especially enjoyed the minestrone, the pasta with sweet sausage and broccoli raabe (split for an appetizer), the grilled shrimp with arugula and grilled corn (it was so good I had it BOTH NIGHTS!), the ravioli with veal and eggplant (so delicate!), and for dessert, the tartufo, and the profiteroles with hazelnut gelato. The service was perfect: just the right amount of attentiveness and courtesy without being overly presumptuous. I’m sorry we live out of town and can only get to Paola’s when we’re in the City. I can’t recommend Paola’s highly enough!
Paola's delivers consistently excellent food and service. The duck ragu and lamb ragu were excellent. Both were super tender, papardelle was perfect. Great romantic spot.
Truly enjoyed our dinner; food and ambience were excellent. Noise level was a bit high.
The food is always delicious! One of our favorite spots for a special meal.
Lovely atmosphere for a late afternoon lunch and quiet conversation. The service was attentive, but not rushed as it sometimes can be when one lingers late and one's original server's shift is ending. Overall a great experience for a first-time customer.
Consistently great experience when my husband and I are alone, with family or business friends. The excellent food is beautifully prepared and served by a caring ,attentive staff.
Ordinary food for high prices
We loved the ambience. Lively and lovely.
Excellent. Never disappoints.
We live in NC; this is our must Italian restaurant during our annual trip to NYC.
Pleasant service, but the food missed the mark. Ingredients fresh, but not seasoned well. Some combinations should have worked, but didn’t, like the mushrooms and goat cheese—tasted mostly of oil. Just not worth over $100 for a single meal.
One of the best spaghetti pomodoro's outside of Italy!
THis is our favorite restaurant. The food is wonderful,nthebservice great, the owner closely monitors the food and service and quality, which is consistently excellent.
Experience at Paola's was excellent. And congratulations on her continued success and passing on the torch to her son.
We had an excellent dinner at Paola's. The pasta entrees were superb (highly recommend the pappardelle with pork ragu and rigatoni with spicy sausage and porcini mushrooms) as were the brussels sprout salad and crispy artichokes to start. If you have room, share the hazelnut profiteroles! The space is cozy (crowded and noisy) but still able to have a conversation and enjoy nonetheless. The service was friendly and attentive too. We will definitely return soon!
I have a few favorites at Paola's and i am never disappointed. Their artichokes are outstanding. Sometimes it can get a little noisy at night but it is one of our favorite restaurants in the "hood".
The food was both creative and delicious and the restaurant was physically attractive and most comfortable . Unfortunately, the service we experienced from the head waiter to the busboys was inattentive and, at times, bordering on rudeness. I will go back to be certain we were not there at a difficult time -it was New Year's Day, and the food was superb..
High end neighborhood restaurant. Always very good and entirely consistent.
Food was good and authentic. Service was fast and friendly. Would go back to try more dishes
Paola is one of the few restaurants in NYC that have the most amazing puntarella salad, original from a Roman recipe. The food and service is very good. It's a cosy place. We love it.
Paola's earns its stripes as an Upper East Side standby again and again. The food is always of high quality - more traditional than cutting-edge, but from first-rate ingredients and deeply flavorful. Splendid wines, alert and caring service ... the place exudes warmth, friendship, and deep deliciousness.
Beautiful and delicious!
I’m mostly a lifelong new Yorker and this is my favorite restaurant in New York. Reliable excellent food in Carnegie Hill.
Excellent! The food is very well prepared and presented. The service is excellent. It's a great restaurant.
Always reliable and good food. Always busy and somewhat loud, but one of the better Italian restaurants in the city. One noteworthy point is that they offer wild fresh Branzino . Almost every other restaurant now only offers farm raised Branzino--- which is considerably inferior, less tasty and less healthy (full of antibiotics, PCB's and fed things you do not want to know). And, of course much, much cheaper for the restaurant--- it really is not right nor fair especially since these restaurants charge so much for this cheaper version of this fish.
Paola's charges a fair price especially since it is vastly superior (and more expensive) and they deserve credit for this.
Great food and professional service in a lively venue. Will be back!
Always perfect. Great ambiance, delicious food, neighborhood gem.
Our party of seven was given a table in a corner as requested so we could talk. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Food was wonderful. Entrees arrived hot for each of us! We had a wonderful evening together, celebrating over 40 years of friendship. Thank you.